Trump lashes out at Cummings, calls his Baltimore district 'disgusting'

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By Linda Givetash and Winston Wilde and Associated Press  with NBC News World News
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House Oversight and Reform Committee Chair Elijah Cummings on Capitol Hill in April.   -   Copyright  J. Scott Applewhite

President Donald Trump lashed out against House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., on Saturday, saying his Baltimore district was "far worse" than the southern border.

The attack came days after the House Oversight Committee voted to subpoena personal emails and texts of top White House aides, including Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner.

Trump did not refer to the committee's decision and instead attacked the performance of Cummings, a civil rights icon.

"Why is so much money sent to the Elijah Cummings district when it is considered the worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States," Trump wrote. "Where is all this money going? How much is stolen? Investigate this corrupt mess immediately!"

"The Border is clean, efficient and well run, just very crowded," Trump said, adding that Cummings' district is "a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess."

Cummings responded via Twitter.

On Thursday, Cummings said the committee has obtained "direct evidence" that Ivanka Trump, Kushner and other top aides were using personal accounts for official business in violation of federal law and White House policy.

"What we do not yet know is why these White House officials were attempting to conceal these communications," Cummings said, adding that the White House has refused to produce a single piece of paper this year in response to the investigation.

Also on Saturday, Trump's campaign team renewedhis attacks on two Democratic congresswomen of color, calling them "America-hating."

The campaign issued a release targeting Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan for comments they made on Twitter in 2012 and 2015, before they were elected, about deporting Americans.

It said their tweets are "far worse" than anything the president has said about American citizens.

The campaign pointed to three tweets — one by Omar and two by Tlaib — where they refer to deportation.

In 2012, Omar responded to four people who appeared to be arguing for Somali immigrants to give up their culture upon coming to the U.S.

"We are citizens and can't be deported, why don't we deport you to where ever you came from," she wrote.

Tlaib's first tweet references anti-Muslim protests outside a mosque in Phoenix, Ariz., in 2015.

"Wallah someone deport these unAmerican ISISlike armed bikers," she wrote.

In another tweet, Tlaib shared a link to a news article about Trump calling for a ban on all Muslims entering the U.S., saying the president should be deported.

Now, the Trump campaign argues that the women should be held accountable for their "fascist statements."

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"President Trump has never threatened to deport an American citizen on Twitter — but Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib have," the release said.

Neither Tlaib nor Omar were immediately available for comment.

Trump has been at odds with Omar, Tliab, Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., who refer to themselves at "The Squad."

He sparked outrage earlier this month when he tweeted that, instead of criticizing his government, the congresswomen should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."

He later accused them of being incapable of loving the United States.

The "go back" tweet prompted the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives to pass a resolution on July 16 condemning Trump for his "racist comments."

Following Trump's "go back" message, Tlaib responded by telling her constituents in a video posted on Twitter that "bullying" would only make her work harder for them.

"This is our country and no amount of hate filled bullying from the white house is going to change that," she said. "I will never back down."

Linda Givetash reported from London, Winston Wilde from Washington.